Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fulton Schools Change Redistricting Map.


ATLANTA -- Fulton County school officials tell Channel 2 Action News a final version of a redistricting plan has addressed concerns of some parents about traffic congestion in north Fulton County.

Communications director Susan Hale said the new version of the map will affect 2,036 students in north Fulton County to alleviate overcrowding at Roswell and Milton High Schools and to make way for a new school, which will open next August.

Hale said the new version of the map directly changes future plans for about 250 students who currently attend Milton High School. Hale said some of those students, who under a previous proposal would have transferred to the new Bethany Bend High School, would remain at Milton High School. Others who under the previous proposal would have remained at Milton High, would end up at the new school. She said the district made the changes to improve the north/south commute for students.

Milton residents were upset that an earlier version of the redistricting proposal would overburden small east/west streets in the city that weren't meant to handle additional traffic from students who would have to travel to new schools.

Hale said the new map didn't change anything for Roswell High School which would still send several hundred students to Milton High School. Roswell parents and the city's mayor have spoken out against the move, arguing that it would tear apart neighborhoods.

School board members will discuss the final version of the map at a work session on Tuesday but won't vote on a final plan until next month. The changes will take effect in August 2012.

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